Karl TownsHt/Wt: 7' 0" / 248 lbs
2015 Draft Profile - Karl TownsStrengths
Towns has all of the physical tools you could want in a center. Towns stands just under seven-feet tall with an excellent wingspan and very good athleticism for someone of his size. While he's not an athletic freak like Andre Drummond or DeAndre Jordan, he can definitely rise above the rim especially when given a couple steps.
Offensively he has all the tools. He is very mobile, showing the ability to beat other bigs up the court consistently. He can finish at the rim with either hand and has a decent array of post moves. He can also step outside and knockdown the jumper, though he has to show more consistency in that area. He has shown solid ball handling for his size and is an underrated passer.
Defensively his size and length help him as a shot blocker where he shows great potential. He's not the most physical defender, but is great on the boards, especially the offensive glass where he can be dominant at times. He has the ability to be an anchor down low thanks to his mobility and wingspan.
While he is a solid athlete, he is not explosive. He needs a step or two to really be able to get up. He is also not the most physical player, especially on defense. He can be pushed around at times, though he already looks like he has added some upper-body strength since enrolling at Kentucky.
Though he has the ability to knock down jumpers, it is still not as consistent as it could be and his form can fluctuate at times. He may also fall in love with his outside shot a little too much.
Defensively he can lack discipline at times. Like most young players, he can get himself out of position and sometimes chase blocks, leaving his own man open in the process. Things like that usually come with time though.
NBA Player Comparison
Towns has a long way to go, but his ability to be a factor both offensively and defensively is similar to that of LaMarcus Aldridge. He can score both on the block and with the jumper and will be an immediate impact player defensively and on the boards.
Towns is slightly more of a project than the other three top prospects, but could easily yield the biggest return. His play down the stretch of the college season has shown what he is truly capable of.
PPG: 10.0 RPG: 6.9 APG: 1.1 SPG: 0.4 BPG: 2.3 FG%: 55.9 3PT%: 25.0 FT%: 82.1
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